repose

noun

Definition of repose

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a state of resting after exertion or strain especially : rest in sleep
b : eternal or heavenly rest pray for the repose of a soul
2a : a place of rest
b : peace, tranquility the repose of the bayous
c : a harmony in the arrangement of parts and colors that is restful to the eye
3a : lack of activity : quiescence
b : cessation or absence of activity, movement, or animation the face in repose is grave and thoughtful
4 : composure of manner : poise

repose

verb (1)
re·​pose | \ ri-ˈpōz How to pronounce repose (audio) \
reposed; reposing

Definition of repose (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to lay at rest

intransitive verb

1a : to lie at rest
b : to lie dead reposing in state
c : to remain still or concealed
2 : to take a rest
3 : to rest for support : lie
4 archaic : rely

repose

verb (2)
re·​pose
reposed; reposing

Definition of repose (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to place (confidence, trust, etc.) in someone or something
b : to place for control, management, or use
2 archaic : to put away or set down : deposit

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Synonyms & Antonyms for repose

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of repose in a Sentence

Noun typically the wealthy socialite spends most of the morning in repose, is served lunch, and then embarks on an exhaustive afternoon of shopping enjoyed the repose of a serene summer evening
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As the wind flowed through her long, black skirt, Hadid held a gloved hand over her chest and tilted her head back as in repose (#SuperCasual). Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Goes Topless and Wears a Wig for Dramatic Chanel Photoshoot," 5 Dec. 2019 This was 1976—the same summer that Jenner won the Olympic decathlon—and Richards faced a decision: Retreat further and try to lead a life in repose, or fight a battle to the detriment of her privacy but the benefit of her conscience. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "She's a Transgender Pioneer, But Renée Richards Prefers to Stay Out of the Spotlight," 28 June 2019 To keep her bees happy, Brown was misted at intervals with honey water by a local beekeeper and appeared surprisingly serene, like an Ancient Greek sculpture in repose. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "How a Performance Artist Packs for Art Basel Miami—Yeezy, Helmut Lang, and Bees (Yes, Bees)," 9 Dec. 2019 The four tigers have achieved prosperity without complacency, wealth without repose. The Economist, "Asian tigersAfter half a century of success, the Asian tigers must reinvent themselves," 5 Dec. 2019 Let’s hope that Norman found a few such moments of repose toward the end. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Shimmering Magnificence of Jessye Norman," 3 Oct. 2019 On Wednesday, mourners paid respects to Cummings as his body lay in repose at Morgan State University, a historically black college in Cummings' district. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Barack and Michelle Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton to attend Elijah Cummings' Baltimore funeral," 25 Oct. 2019 Cummings will lie in repose Wednesday at Morgan State University. CBS News, "Final farewells to Rep. Elijah Cummings begin in native Baltimore," 23 Oct. 2019 The Supreme Court says the body of former Justice John Paul Stevens will lie in repose at the court on Monday. Time, "Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' Body to Lie in Repose at Supreme Court," 18 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Preparing the next generation While her generation has been hard at work in saving and restoring forests, Bisoyi has reposed faith in the next generation to not only take up the mantle but improve on it. Pragati Prava, Quartz India, "An Odisha village woman’s journey from protecting peacocks to the Indian parliament," 26 Jan. 2020 Breathtaking wide-angle shots of the sky and beach offer the same sense of freedom and repose that characterizes the easygoing tune. Bryan Kress, Billboard, "Alt Bloom Takes Over the Streets of Los Angeles in 'West Coast' Visual: Exclusive," 17 Jan. 2020 These are genuine challenges, so please don’t rush to peek at the answers, which repose at the end of this column: 1. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Try your head and hand at solving classic riddles," 13 July 2019 Finally, in Bill’s magic package reposed a miniature three-legged stool inside a clear jar with a white lid. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Our language is moonstruck with lunar words," 3 Aug. 2019 Xiao long bao were another animal altogether, thin-skinned purses gently swollen with light broth, the amniotic potion in which a small, seasoned serving of meat reposed. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Soup dumplings hit Orlando — here’s where to stab and slurp them," 5 July 2019 Today the vast majority of Wallace’s birds repose at a branch of the Natural History Museum, London, located 30 miles northwest of the city, in Tring. Franz Lidz, Smithsonian, "The Great Feather Heist," 21 Mar. 2018 This sacred relic—an official game ball used by the late, lamented American Basketball Association—reposes behind glass at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Franz Lidz, Smithsonian, "The ABA Was Short-Lived, but Its Impact on Basketball Is Eternal," 21 Sep. 2017 And that is why 125 crore countrymen have been able to repose faith in our governance. Time Staff, Time, "Read the Full Transcript of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day Speech," 15 Aug. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Preparing the next generation While her generation has been hard at work in saving and restoring forests, Bisoyi has reposed faith in the next generation to not only take up the mantle but improve on it. Pragati Prava, Quartz India, "An Odisha village woman’s journey from protecting peacocks to the Indian parliament," 26 Jan. 2020 Breathtaking wide-angle shots of the sky and beach offer the same sense of freedom and repose that characterizes the easygoing tune. Bryan Kress, Billboard, "Alt Bloom Takes Over the Streets of Los Angeles in 'West Coast' Visual: Exclusive," 17 Jan. 2020 These are genuine challenges, so please don’t rush to peek at the answers, which repose at the end of this column: 1. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Try your head and hand at solving classic riddles," 13 July 2019 Finally, in Bill’s magic package reposed a miniature three-legged stool inside a clear jar with a white lid. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Our language is moonstruck with lunar words," 3 Aug. 2019 Xiao long bao were another animal altogether, thin-skinned purses gently swollen with light broth, the amniotic potion in which a small, seasoned serving of meat reposed. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Soup dumplings hit Orlando — here’s where to stab and slurp them," 5 July 2019 Ticketmaster did not immediately reposed to a request for comment. Jacob Taylor /, NBC News, "Ticketmaster data theft part of larger credit card scheme, security firm says," 10 July 2018 Today the vast majority of Wallace’s birds repose at a branch of the Natural History Museum, London, located 30 miles northwest of the city, in Tring. Franz Lidz, Smithsonian, "The Great Feather Heist," 21 Mar. 2018 This sacred relic—an official game ball used by the late, lamented American Basketball Association—reposes behind glass at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Franz Lidz, Smithsonian, "The ABA Was Short-Lived, but Its Impact on Basketball Is Eternal," 21 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of repose

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for repose

Verb (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French reposer, from Late Latin repausare, from Latin re- + Late Latin pausare to stop, from Latin pausa pause

Verb (2)

Middle English, to replace, from Latin reponere (perfect indicative reposui)

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“Repose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/repose. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for repose

repose

noun

English Language Learners Definition of repose

formal + literary : a state of resting or not being active

repose

verb
re·​pose | \ ri-ˈpōz How to pronounce repose (audio) \
reposed; reposing

Kids Definition of repose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to lay or lie at rest I reposed my head on his shoulder. The dog is reposing on the couch.

repose

noun

Kids Definition of repose (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a state of resting
2 : freedom from disturbance or excitement : calm … there was a delicious sense of repose and peace in the deep pervading calm and silence of the woods.— Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer

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